ALCS, NLCS: Rangers top Astros in Game 7; Diamondbacks force Game 7 vs. Phillies; highlights, news, live tracker

The Rangers hit four home runs, including two from Adolis García, as they powered past the Astros and on to the World Series

In Game 7 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, it was fireworks from the get-go. The score was 3-1 after just one inning, and it ended 11-4 in Houston, with the Rangers advancing to the World Series.

It was an offensive barrage from the Rangers, which began with Corey Seager hitting a solo home run in the first inning.

The Rangers plated three runs before the second out of the game. One more single, and Astros starter Cristian Javier's day on the mound was done before the end of the first inning.

In the third, Adolis García kept his postseason power streak going with a solo home run that made it 4-1 Rangers. And in the fourth, the Rangers blew the game open. They loaded the bases for Evan Carter, who scored two with a double down the right-field line to extend the Texas lead to 6-2.

García followed with two more RBI on a bases-clearing single. In the sixth, a Nathaniel Lowe homer made it 10-2 Rangers. Another home run from García made it 11-3 in the eighth. The Astros added one more, but that's all they would get.

See below for more news, scores, updates and highlights from the postseason action Monday.

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  • Jason Owens

    It's over. The Texas Rangers are your AL champions in emphatic fashion via a dominant 11-4 win over the Houston Astros in Game 7.

  • Jason Owens

    Are you serious, Adolis García? Another home run in his now historic postseason. 11-3 Rangers.

  • Jason Owens

    After a scoreless top of the seventh, the Astros added a run thanks on a Yordan Álvarez RBI single in the bottom of the inning. It did little to dent the now 10-3 Rangers lead.

  • Jason Owens

    Texas is just piling on now. Nathaniel Lowe with a two-run home run off Josh Jung to extend the Rangers' lead to 10-2 in the sixth. Tough night for the home fans.

  • Jason Owens

    A quiet bottom of the fifth as well. No runs for the Astros. Rangers still lead, 8-2.

  • Jason Owens

    A rare quiet half inning for Rangers bats. Corey Seager walks, but no runs in the fifth. Rangers maintain their 8-2 lead.

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    The Astros get two baserunners in the fourth for naught. Jordan Montgomery gets José Altuve to fly out with two outs to end the inning. Rangers still lead, 8-2.

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    Jordan Montgomery's back out on the mound in the bottom of the fourth after recording the last out for the Rangers in the third.

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    Hector Neris took over for Jonathan France to get out of a bases-loaded jam. But the damage was done. A four-run fourth gives Texas an 8-2 lead.

  • Jason Owens

    Not to be outdone, Adolis García knocked in two more runs with a base-clearing single. That's now 19 RBI in 12 postseason games for García. 8-2 Rangers, who have blown the game open in the fourth.

In NLCS Game 6, the Diamondbacks needed to find a way to win at every opponent's nightmare stadium, Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies were undefeated this postseason. Well, they jumped on Philly starter Aaron Nola early, with a pair of solo home runs, a walk and a double plating three runs before there was an out in the second inning.

In the fifth, a single from Corbin Carroll and a triple from Ketel Marte added a run for the Diamondbacks and ended Aaron Nola's day at 4 1/3 innings, with six hits and four earned runs.

The D-backs scored another on singles from Perdomo and Marte in the seventh, making it 5-1.

The score held from there, and the Diamondbacks forced Game 7 on Tuesday in Philly.